Mark Hamill really loved playing Luke Skywalker one more time in the Mandalorian season finale. Some fans assumed that was the case given his displeasure over how the character was handled in the final chapters of the “Skywalker Saga,” but the iconic actor confirmed his feelings Wednesday.
“Sometimes the greatest gifts are the most unexpected and something you never realized you wanted until it was given,” Hamill said on Twitter, also thanking series creator Jon Favreau and executive producer Dave Filoni. And then on Thursday, Hamill shared a fan reaction video and said, “#NoWords-Seeing fan’s reactions to Luke’s return is something I will cherish forever. Their anticipation seeing the X-Wing/Ep. 6 Robes/a lightsaber/a GREEN lightsaber/a gloved hand/an ungloved hand/a Force choke/R2-was OVERWHELMING & very moving to me.”
A de-aged Hamill once again played Skywalker, who saved the day like never quite seen before by the character in live-action. The day the episode aired on Disney+, Hamill tweeted, “Seen anything good on TV lately?” The following day he added, “The fact that we were able to keep my involvement a secret for over a year with no leaks is nothing less than a miracle. A real triumph for spoiler-haters everywhere! #LooseLipsSinkStarships #STFU.”
For a portion of fans, seeing Hamill play Luke one more time in such fashion as they were hoping for (and expecting) in the concluding three films of the “Skywalker Saga” was thrilling.
How the character was handled, especially by writer-director Rian Johnson in The Last Jedi, polarized the fan base to a degree not seen since Jar Jar Binks in 1999’s The Phantom Menace. Hamill was among those who expressed his displeasure over the return of Luke in Last Jedi.
“I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you’ve made for this character,” Hamill told Johnson during the production of Last Jedi, the actor previously recounted. Hamill later apologized for making his disapproval public. Johnson said at the time, “The goal is never to divide or make people upset, but I do think the conversations that are happening were going to have to happen at some point if [Star Wars] is going to grow, move forward and stay vital.”
Dec. 31, 6:45 a.m.: Updated with additional Hamill comment.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 30, 2020
#NoWords-Seeing fan’s reactions to Luke’s return is something I will cherish forever. Their anticipation seeing the X-Wing/Ep. 6 Robes/a lightsaber/a GREEN lightsaber/a gloved hand/an ungloved hand/a Force choke/R2-was OVERWHELMING & very moving to me-1/2
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 31, 2020